SHILLONG: Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday urged pressure groups demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit (IL) in the State to be patient and wait until the conclusion of the budget session in the Rajya Sabha on February 13.
Speaking to reporters, Tynsong said, “We don’t know if the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will be tabled or not in the Rajya Sabha and we will also have to wait and observe if the Bill is passed or not. Hence for now we have to wait and the pressure groups should also be patient.”
He said that “at a time when the government has indicated its strong opposition against the CAB and had also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to express their opposition against the Bill, it’s surprising that the NGOs are imposing a deadline on the government to implement the ILP.”
“I appeal to the NGOs and the KHADC CEM HS Shylla as a senior politician that he should not make an emotional statement concerning ILP as even the state government has issued an ultimatum against the central government over the Bill,” he said.
“If this Bill is passed we also want to protect the identity of the indigenous people of our State. Hence we are also open to the idea of ILP however the pressure groups should be patient,” he reiterated.
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